Burqa avaThe Yemeni folk clothing culture is very diverse and interesting. As usual, female traditional outfits are much more eye-catching, elaborately decorated, and bejeweled than male folk costumes. Especially the traditional headdresses of Yemeni women in rural areas – they’re striking! But let’s find out what are the main traditional garments worn by men and women in Yemen, how they look like, and whether they’re totally unique or typical for the Arab culture.

Pet en lair jacket avaThe clothing in the 1700s was very elaborate, decorative, and good-looking. Especially the outfits of the ladies from this era. One of such beautiful garments was the pet-en-l'air jacket – the name is as intricate as the design, isn’t it? This was a less formal piece of clothes than different other 18th-century garments. What else do we know about it? How did it look like? And why was it considered informal? Let’s find out.

Marie Antoinette avaIn this article, you’ll read about 70 lovely ensembles worn by Marie Antoinette in a cognominal movie. Some of their features (like the cut, style, and decorations) are rather accurate reconstructions of the original Marie’s 18th-century garments, others (for example, colors of the fabric) aren’t as accurate. That’s because the makers of this film wanted to modernize Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, a little. Anyway, it’s really fun to look at the variety of Marie’s costumes, their beauty and charm, and to learn more about the fashion trends of the late 1700s.

salong avaLao men dress in the national outfit for various special occasions, like weddings, national celebrations, ceremonies, contests, and similar events. The male costume of Laos looks charming. It can be as colorful and bright as women’s attire, with plenty of decorative elements and accessories – forget about black pants and a white shirt! Lao folk trousers called “salong” can be pink, green, blue, red, burgundy, yellow, brown, etc. Besides, the design of these traditional pants is very interesting and Asian-style.

uncu tunic avaThe Inca culture is mysterious and unique. It is not fully studied as yet, the archaeologists and historians find new facts and artifacts from time to time. But this civilization captivates the minds of many researchers and fashion historians. We know by far not enough about the outfits worn by Inca people. So, let’s look at one of the known Inca pieces of clothes – male tunics called “uncu” and learn what we can about it. Just so you know, this was one of the main garments of Inca men.

Vin Weaving2 avaBritish textile industry in the 18th and 19th centuries was brutal compared to our modern computerized textile manufacturing. At the time, the fabrics were handmade, starting from growing plants and breeding animals to get the fibers, processing these fibers, spinning the yarn, weaving it into cloth, and sewing clothes from it. It was hard work, manufacturers used child labor and women’s labor because these were low-paid workers, they worked 12-14 hours, often in bad or even dangerous conditions. But Great Britain desperately needed their input in the industry to develop and thrive.

umutsha avaMany indigenous African tribes have a tradition to adorn their clothes, jewelry, and accessories with beads. Beadwork is a significant part of African folk culture. And Zulu people are among those communities very skilled in beading. One particular lovely accessory of Zulu cultural heritage is a beaded belt called “umutsha”. It’s sad that a large amount of knowledge about the symbolism of umutsha belts is already lost. But these beautiful, artful belts need to be preserved and remembered.

Iggy Azalea avaIt’s very easy to find Indian traditional clothing in movies and video clips because these outfits are extremely cheerful, colorful, ornate, and beautiful. Not only women of Indian origin love wearing a sari but practically any woman would like to try this lovely attire. Here’s an example – Iggy Azalea, Australian singer, wears a row of sarees in her video “Bounce”. Also, you can see choli blouses, male turbans and sherwani coats, various Indian traditional jewelry, and other Indian folk garments in this video.

Yarn avaWhat kind of thread did people use to make clothing in Middle Age Europe? Of course, all of these threads were handmade, same as the clothes. But what else do we know about medieval sewing threads? There are very few surviving examples that can tell us something about this era’s threads – it would be really great if museums did more research and publications on this topic, by the way. Still, some info is available, so let’s try to gather and structure it.

Pano da costa avaBrazilian women of African origin traditionally wore a distinctive garment that showed their status and heritage. It was a shawl-like piece called “pano da costa”. We can find it in many illustrations and old photos. Most often, such a garment was used by Afro-Brazilian matrons, older women. In the photos, they’re sitting with pride and dignity in their posture, wrapped in a decorative shawl and with an intricately draped traditional head tie. Let’s find out more about the pano da costa. What did it look like? What for did women use it? What embellishments did it have?

Kid shoes avaKids’ footwear in the Western world in the early-mid 1800s was a prerogative of wealthy or at least middle-class families. Many poor children went barefoot, especially in rural areas, or wore cheap and coarse shoes, which they had to use for years, so such footwear usually was very worn and didn’t survive to this day. But wealthier families bought lovely shoes for their little ones, often rather costly and fine items. A lot of them are now stored in fashion museums, folk museums, and private collections, so luckily, we’re able to see them up close.

Dolls SouthAmerica avaFolklorico dance or ballet folklórico are terms naming Mexican traditional dances. These folk dances require specific costumes that differ from region to region. In this post, we’ll tell you a little about the mentioned traditional outfits used by folklórico dancers in various corners of Mexico. The ballet folklórico is so colorful, cheerful, and eye-catching that it became popular far outside Mexico and is performed today not only by the locals but by foreigners as well. Gorgeous folk dance in gorgeous folk costumes!

Edwardian fashion avaThis period was not so long ago, only 100 years separate us, but regarding fashion, we’re worlds apart. Edwardian fashion made a turn toward our modern clothing styles, becoming more practical and sensible, but still, there were so many trends very different and even unimaginable for us. How could they wear those garments?!, some people would say. Especially when we’re talking about the ladies. But they did. Women fainted in corsets, lost balance because of their 20-pound hats, ate tapeworms to achieve a smaller waist. Though, how is it different from modern anorexic-bulimic girls or those women overindulging in plastic surgery?

Aboriginal avaAustralia is a very special country regarding the history, flora and fauna, culture, and traditions. And if you want to find out more about all mentioned, you definitely should visit (in person or at least via online virtual tours) one or more of Australian folk museums. Their collections show both the aboriginal Australian culture (so old and so unique) and the period of European settlers coming to this faraway land in the early 1600s and throughout the 18th-20th century. Australia is a multicultural and multiethnic country, so it’s very interesting to learn Australian clothing traditions throughout the millennia of its existence.